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APNewsBreak: Union backed out of deal to add 26th player
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball players and owners had a deal to expand active rosters from 25 to 26 players for most of the season, but the union backed away in the final stages of collective bargaining....

Volquez finalizes $22 million, 2-year contract with Marlins
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MIAMI (AP) -- Edinson Volquez admits he was "tired" toward the second half of last season. That attributed to his bloated 5.37 ERA, he said....

Smokeless tobacco to take a dip among big league newcomers
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- That visible circle in the back pockets of big leaguers - typically a sure sign of smokeless tobacco - might be far less common next season....

Cardinals send LHP Jaime Garcia to Braves for 3 prospects
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals traded left-hander Jaime Garcia to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday for a trio of prospects, including second baseman Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star Lenny Dykstra....

APNewsBreak: All-Star Game no longer determines Series start
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The league that wins baseball's All-Star Game no longer will get home-field advantage in the World Series, which instead will go to the pennant winner with the better regular-season record....

Outfielder Matt Joyce agrees to $11M, 2-year deal with A's
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Joyce hopes to play more regularly again in his new role with the Oakland Athletics, who needed a new outfielder to fill a big void and put him high on their offseason list....

After getting $110M deal, Cespedes wants to finish with Mets
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Having finalized a $110 million, four-year contract with the New York Mets, Yoenis Cespedes declared: "God willing, I will finish out my career with this team."...

Ryan, Larkin, Ortiz among private equity investors
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Barry Larkin along with recently retired David Ortiz are among the investors in Dugout Ventures, a new private equity group that says it will support baseball-focused companies....

Eric Thames joins Brewers, who cut Chris Carter
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Free agent Eric Thames agreed Tuesday to a $16 million, three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who cut first baseman Chris Carter after a 41-homer season that tied for the National League lead....

Boston's Porcello, Washington's Rendon win comeback awards
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello has won the AL Comeback Player of the Year award, while Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon received the NL honor....



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